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Gay Miami Newsman Fired After Filing Complaint

8/7/2009 1:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Gay Miami Newsman Fired After Filing ComplaintAn openly gay Miami news anchor has officially been fired from his job, just one week after the guy filed a sexual discrimination complaint against his bosses -- and the anchor claims the timing is no coincidence.

The man in the center of the controversy is Charles Perez -- who you may remember from "Inside Edition" or his nationally syndicated talk show, "The Charles Perez Show."

The drama all began in June, when Perez was "demoted" from the local ABC nightly evening newscast to the weekend edition -- and Perez claims it was because the station felt he was "becoming too gay" for the public to handle.

Perez decided to file a complaint with the Miami-Dade County Equal Opportunity Board, in which he details a performance review, where one of his bosses warned him that he smiled on air too much and that he and his female co-anchor were "like girlfriends while on the set."

Perez believes he was fired in retaliation for filing the complaint with the EOB. The station claims Perez's recent "actions" left them "no real choice" but to fire him, according to The Miami Herald.

Here's the catch -- the boss who demoted him is himself gay and issued a statement saying, "As a gay man myself, I can safely say the station does not discriminate against gay people." The station also denies the allegation.

But Perez isn't buying it, and tells TMZ he plans on filing a "7 or 8 figure lawsuit" against both the station and it's parent company, the Washington Post.

But there's more -- Perez believes this whole thing started because of a very private email that was hacked out of his computer by an ex-boyfriend and sent to his colleagues at his news station back in March.

Perez claims the email was a private exchange with his therapist, in which "sexual identity" was discussed. Perez claims when his co-workers read the email, they wrongly believed that he wanted to become a woman -- and that's when people at the station began treating him differently.
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NEXT    

#1

1847 days ago
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Josh    

second

1847 days ago
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Megan    

And he has no case.

The Equal Employment laws only applies to discrimination in the workplace because of race, gender, religion...not who you choose have sex with.

1847 days ago
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cgirl Caron    

I use to love Charles Perez. His ex boyfriend was Norman from The Real World.

1847 days ago
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Dissapointing    

Yes he does have a case. And besides, even when there is something new, that creates a precedence for all others who follow.

1847 days ago
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BR11Ave    

Live your life the way you want. God is the only one
that matters forget about what the bible says until you live that life don't cast
Stones.

1847 days ago
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Sammy    

Wow Perez is a hunk! Too bad he's gay. What a Waste!

1847 days ago
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daggy    

I didn't know Charles Perez was gay.......However, I remember him from the days that I lived in Miami, because, as a field reporter he once did a piece on homeless animals in a trailor park, and you could really tell he was very passionate about the animals........so, I hope he wins his case......he's a good guy

1847 days ago
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cmo    

MJ: Being gay is not defined by "who you choose to have sex with." Please, educate yourself. Do you think a gay person can die a virgin? Yes, they can! Homosexuality is an ORIENTATION, not a PREFERENCE! Sexual orientation is a protected status under Equal Opportunity Employment law, as it should be.

1847 days ago
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Auntee Rach Rach    

He bout to get paid and own the same stationed that fired him.......hope he then in turn fires the very ones that gave him the "BOOT"......."Get up stand up.......stand up for ur rights".........................We can't help we r................and what the world needs now is love sweet love.......Let us Pray!

1847 days ago
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cgirl Caron    

I love Charles Perez. His ex boyfriend was Norman from The Real World.

1847 days ago
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A.B.    

I don't know about this guy, but don't the bosses know that women love men who smile and act like friends more than predators, and men love them too because they are not competition? No husband will mind his wife swooning over a gay guy. Oh yeah - and then it's discrimination to fire him because of sexual orientation.

Hetero bosses can really be dense.

1847 days ago
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J    

He's so going to win and I know he will... http://www.eeoc.gov/
I'm the next ex

1847 days ago
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California Cowboy    

Wow its 2009 and its incredible! I am so tired of revisiting this discrimination/equal rights issue.

Gay people are the only minority group left in the U.S.that can still be discriminated against ! Come on America we are better than this! by the way...I believe God put gays on earth to see how they would be treated, Gays are also children of God. Guess who is going to be judged!

1847 days ago
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YLG    

Team Perez!

1847 days ago
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